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Thesis - Open Access

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Master of Arts (MA)

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Since the first kinetic study of a Diels-Alder reaction in 1933, numerous kinetic investigations of the reaction have been reported. In the 1950s, a particular interest has been shown in the kinetic studies of the Diels-Alder reaction employing anthracene and its derivatives. Independently, it has been repeatedly demonstrated that auto-oxidation and dimerization will occur under a variety of conditions in the photochemical reactions of these compounds. Unfortunately, the majority of kinetic studies involving anthracene and its derivatives have not taken into account these possible side reactions. The purpose of this study is to reinvestigate the kinetics of the reaction between anthracene and maleic anhydride in view of the recently knowledge and to compare the results with data obtained previously. A Beckmann quartz Spectrophotometer, Model DU, equipped with a photomultiplier attachment and a cell compartment maintained at a temperature of 25° C. was used to follow the change in concentration of one of the reacting substances, namely anthracene, which was undergoing a Diels-Alder reaction.

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Chemistry, Organic
Maleic acid


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South Dakota State University